PATH is a community-based, owned and grassroots organization, founded and led by members of the target community of residents of the DMV area of recent African ancestry (i.e., the community of recent African immigrants), who are also diaspora citizens of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Founded on the principle of optimizing access to and utilization of social, public health, and healthcare services by otherwise marginalized and/or poorer residents and citizens, the organization is an alliance of entities (groups and individuals) with a similar drive and purpose, and a history of providing related services to members of the target or other communities in the U.S. and Sierra Leone. Long before registering as a 501c3 (non-profit/NGO) organization, the director of PATH helped organize multiple service projects and programs, including the pooling of community resources to provide food, shelter, and supplies (e.g., school supplies). We have organized annual and biannual events to raise awareness, provide information and education, materials, promotional items, etc., to residents about the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, HIV, Mental health, chronic diseases, and their precursors of poor diet and obesity, etc. We have and continue to work with various organizations and clubs, including faith, gender, age, country of origin, and other descriptor-based, to collaboratively identify, target, and work to address issues such as domestic, sexual, and physical violence/abuse, food insecurity, poor access to and utilization of social and health services, etc. As the name suggests, the membership comprises at least 10 organizations, including country of origin based, faith-based, mission-based, etc. We also have partnerships with the three health departments (Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia) that have jurisdiction over our catchment or target area in the U.S., as well as their receptive and collective public health and HIV planning bodies. At the core of our extensive partnership and network is also a cadre of healthcare facilities and homes, including nursing, assisted living facilities and homes, community health centers, community-based organizations, hospitals, etc. We have a solid tradition of working with these entities to recruit, train, place, and support certified nursing assistants, general nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, community health workers, and other allied health support workers.
Our goal is to conduct business and healthcare, public health, and social services in Sierra Leone, starting in the Mile 91 area, where the CEO and president of PATH owns over 30 acres of arable land. As per our business strategy overview below (tables 1 and 2 and figure 1), we plan to develop the land for both agricultural and commercial retail and wholesale purposes (green shaded cells), and mental and general healthcare and public health service provision and brokerage (tan shaded cells).
PATH’s Vision: Healthier and thriving Communities in part resulting from PATH’s actions and activities!
PATH’s Mission: promote and enhance the respective and collective physical, psychosocial, mental, and economic health and well-being of target communities among African-born residents in the DMV area, and citizens and residents of Sierra Leone and other Subsaharan countries!
|Innovation||We are committed to our approach to business decisions and sections that are innovative and rooted in evidence of effectiveness, efficiency, ethics, legality, and common sense.|
|Resilience||PATH is committed to adjusting to disruptions of any kind while maintaining continuous business operations and safeguarding our people (staff, stakeholders, and customers), assets, and overall brand quality speedily, realistically, effectively, and efficiently.|
|Adaptability||PATH’s approach to business and general operations is rooted in malleability, compliance, collaboration, symbiosis, and reciprocity!|
|Sustainability||We are guided and motivated by the belief and desire to not only plant seeds, but to nurture them to grow and flourish for future generations of our target communities and populations!|
|Care and Compassion||PATH is guided by the belief, principle, and commitment to providing services and goods/products with care and compassion for the communities and populations we target and serve.|
|Resourcefulness and Results||PATH realizes that resources are the backbone of any and all business ventures, thus we are committed to maximizing both inputs and outputs, ensuring that we are results-oriented, process-minded, and people-focused at all times!|
|Service and Support||Our primary aim as an organization is to provide, facilitate/broker, and ensure quality and affordable services and products, and support to our target geographical areas and communities, and populations, at all times!|
|Quality and Excellence||The pursuit of excellence is a guiding principle for PATH, which is earmarked and predisposed on continuous assurance of quality in processes, outputs, and outcomes . . . Always!|
Retail and wholesale services of goods, groceries, etc.
Provide agricultural and farming services
Provide Community Mental Health: Therapy/Psych Med management
Provide healthcare & public health services: Preventive Diagnostic Threapeutic
Provide petrolium and energy supply services, along with convenience retail services
|Strategies||Target population and Geography||Goal||Objectives||Rationale (and Theoretical Foundation at bottom row)|
|1. Provide retail and wholesale services of goods, groceries, etc.||Sub-Saharan Africa, beginning in Sierra Leone, WA (Mile 91)||Provide and/or increase affordable access to quality essential goods and supplies to all residents.||
|2. Provide agricultural and farming services||Sub-Saharan Africa, beginning in Sierra Leone, WA (Mile 91)||
Mechanization elsewhere in the world has led to food sufficiency and reduced or eliminated food insecurity.
|3. Provide Community Mental Health Services||
||Address and cater to the mental/psychiatric health needs of target communities and individuals, focusing on disenfranchised and neglected subgroups (health disparities and social inequities rooted in unfavorable social determinants of health)||
||Africans, African Americans and other race/ethnic minority populations, and communities, are continually disproportionately impacted by lack mental health service opportunities and resources, yet they are disproportionately impacted by mental health needs.|
|4. Provide healthcare & public health services:
|5. Provide nursing and allied health training and educational services||Washington, DC, VA, and Maryland (DMV) Sierra Leone||Contribute to the cadre of qualified nursing and allied health professionals in the target areas.||
The need for nursing and allied health professionals is and continues to outweigh supply.
|The need for nursing and allied health professionals is and continues to outweigh supply.|
- The Health Belief model: people are more likely to do something (act) about their health if and when they believe doing so is beneficial to them in terms of removing or minimizing the harmful effects of inaction or wrong action, given certain conditions (https://sphweb.bumc.bu.edu/otlt/mph-modules/sb/behavioralchangetheories/behavioralchangetheories2.html)
- The Social Learning/Cognitive Theory, which (“. . . emphasizes the importance of observing, modeling, and imitating the behaviors, attitudes, and emotional reactions of others. Social learning theory considers how both environmental and cognitive factors interact to influence human learning and behavior. . . (https://www.simplypsychology.org/bandura.html)
- Timeliness and appropriates of Risk Mediation Interventions (the earlier the better): Primordial, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary (https://www.ump.edu.pl/files/8_483_epidemiology_and_prevention.pdf)